After his team’s 0-4 start, Weber State linebacker Anthony Morales shaved his beard, according to a report by the Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner.
The superstitious move wasn’t enough to help the Wildcats avoid a 37-13 defeat last week to UC Davis.
But it also didn’t change Morales’ fortune as a defensive stalwart.
The 6-foot, 230-pound junior from Edmond, Okla., had 11 tackles on the road against the Aggies, furthering his reputation as one of the Big Sky Conference’s top linebackers.
The second-year team captain ranks sixth in the conference with 9.5 tackles per game and no other conference linebacker has had as many as the 16 tackles Morales racked up against Eastern Washington this season.
Despite missing a start with an injury, Morales is just one tackle behind Wildcats leader and fellow linebacker Tony Epperson.
In five games, Epperson has 39 tackles. In one fewer, Morales has 38, 16 of which have come on solo stops. Comparatively, Cal Poly’s tackles leader, middle linebacker Kennith Jackson, also has 38 tackles in four games.